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Sunday Shortz Era puzzles with the most "open" grids

Grids that have more open white space are typically harder to solve and to construct.
The "open square count" here adds up the number of white squares that do not touch a block (black square), even diagonally.

Sun 11/24/2019OPEN WIDE!189
DANIELCRAIGTAKESHAPE
USEDVEHICLEUNENTERED
COLLEGEPREPTIEDYEING
AFLYELISHASPILLANE
IRKEDAMATIVE
JEALOUSYPRISONESCAPE
OUTINGCADGINGODOR
ABACISHORTOFETCHIN
DIRECTLINESILICONE
SEIBRANDNAMEPRODUCTS
TOOKTOTHESLOPES
SEVENYEARSINTIBETVAT
WEIRDESTDECORATIVE
ARNESSDESERETBELIE
RIGSCOALERSSLALOM
METAANALYSESSTHELENS
MIMESISCERES
SADFACESETALIIFLAP
ALERTEDTOAMAZONPRIME
ATLEISURERAREDISEASE
ROADSTEADSHOREPATROL
Sun 11/4/2018UNTHEMED186
BOBSFORAPPLESMIDRIFF
AREWEDONEHEREOCEANIA
WIRERECORDERSTOETAGS
LORENKISSOSMONDSET
SNAPBONEBRIARSHEAD
POUTBEFOGSFANTA
DESCENTLEARNSDORSEY
INTOTOHALVESPORTERS
TRAPSBOWTIEMEME
KATIEHOLMESPARASAIL
OPENMINDEDBARMITZVAH
TDGARDENMASKINGTAPE
TEEMCORSETRENTS
RICHARDSORBETGECKOS
AMOURSFOULEDGOESAPE
DIRTYALFREDBRAN
INNSPRETTYMOOTSCAB
OLESENATEVATSCLOSE
COLGATEASBIGASAHOUSE
AVIATESCAYENNEPEPPER
REAPERSONEWAYSTREETS
Sun 5/17/2020WIDE-OPEN SPACES177
ATPARANCHOVYSPEEDO
RHINOAPARICIOPLANER
KENTCIGARETTESLASTED
AVESSERRATEDFUNTIME
NATWENTATITBARTERER
SUREBETTINCONGOREDS
ALEXAKINGHUSSEIN
STETSTOVETOPSSLATED
RECIPEHOPESSUAVE
SEASONSDETESTSSHIN
OURLORDSAPIDPISTOLS
USNANEBULAENATURES
THIRDRESINIGUANA
SIEGELUSAINBOLTLIZA
ECURRENCIESBIDEN
ZEPPOMARXBETBELAIRS
AQUILINECULTHEROTOW
MUZZLEDHOTSEATSMAZE
FIZZERHUNTERGATHERER
INLATEARGONGASSNORE
REESESPLANSONTUDOR

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Click a date below to see the full puzzle. Only 21 by 21 puzzles are considered here. Here are the top 30:

RankDateOpen SquaresAuthorTitle
1.November 24, 2019189Frank LongoOPEN WIDE!
2.November 4, 2018186Patrick BerryUNTHEMED
3.May 17, 2020177Byron WaldenWIDE-OPEN SPACES
4.January 6, 2002168Frank A. LongoMAMMALS WITH CHARACTER
5.June 16, 2019166Joel FaglianoNOT IN SO MANY WORDS
6.July 11, 2004164Randolph RossYOU SEE NOW?
7.March 26, 2000158Manny NosowskySTARTING COSTS
March 4, 2018158Byron WaldenCHARACTER BUILDING
9.April 27, 1997157Matt GaffneyOff the Rack
November 10, 2013157Alan OlschwangBYE-LINES
11.September 4, 2011154Dana Delany and Matt GinsbergTHAT'S DISGUSTING!
January 20, 2013154Yaakov BendavidALL-INSPIRING
13.November 15, 2015153Alan ArbesfeldHAVING ASPIRATIONS
September 16, 2018153Joel Fagliano"UH, WHAT?"
15.January 5, 1997152W. R. WilliamsTheme: Water, Water Everywhere
August 2, 2020152David Levinson WilkPUZZLIN'
17.June 7, 2020151Andy KravisSURPLUS STORE
18.October 16, 1994150Raymond HamelOut Of Their Element
March 22, 1998150Emily Cox and Henry RathvonAnagrammatic Disclosures
August 18, 2013150Elizabeth C. GorskiEDGINESS
July 15, 2018150Sam Ezersky and Byron WaldenCOMPLIMENTARY
May 24, 2020150Andrew ChaikinTHE MYSTERY OF MCGUFFIN MANOR
23.December 29, 1996149B. WhiteTheme: A Host of Sins
24.November 30, 2003148Manny NosowskyYUKS IN THE HENHOUSE
July 9, 2006148Patrick BerryKNEECAPS
September 11, 2011148Kay AndersonCORNERED
November 27, 2011148Jeff ChenYIN/YANG
28.February 15, 2009147Jim LeedsDOUBLE-O SEVEN
29.November 24, 2002146Nancy Salomon and Lee GlicksteinODD JOBS
September 19, 2004146Kyle MahowaldI.E., NOT I